Assembled in Inari, the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region hopes that the heads of state in the Arctic can be brought together to discuss sustainable development from the perspective of Northern regions. On Wednesday, the Representative approved a unanimous communiqué to support a summit.
"In the Finnish delegation, we naturally hope that the meeting will be organised during Finland's chairmanship of the Arctic Council and here in Finland, but the most important thing is to have Arctic affairs discussed at the highest possible political level," says Representative Katri Kulmuni (Centre Party), Chair of the Finnish delegation in the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region.
In addition, the communiqué expresses a wish for all the ministers in charge of communications in the Arctic to assemble and think about ways to improve the digital reception of Northern regions with, for example, shared satellites.
"Finland and the rest of the Arctic countries pay their share of the European Space Agency, but we are in an unequal position compared to southern Europe in terms of telecommunication connections," says Kulmuni.
Kulmuni and the other members of the Finnish delegation also consider the meeting a success because, in addition to telecommunications, the communiqué supports other main Arctic themes of Finland, in other words environmental protection, meteorological cooperation and education. The communiqué specifically mentions the reduction of black carbon emissions, which President Niinistö has highlighted and for which there is already existing technology.
Nearly 50 representatives from the Nordic countries, Canada, Russia, indigenous peoples' organisations and the observer countries of the Arctic Council gathered in Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos between 17 and 19 September.
The objective of Arctic cooperation is to improve the living conditions and position of the indigenous people and other residents of the area.